Today in #TheLagosReview

If by some random act of God, you missed our line-up for today, here it is again.



Its day 3 at the 2019 Kabafest and we have a mean lineup for you.

Here you go.


First off, is the essential discourse titled ‘The problem with Silence’ #ArewaMeToo; facilitated by Arit Okpo with panelists Fakhrriyyah Hashim, Hassana Maina and Leila Hussein.


Next we have, ‘Non-fiction and the Writers Prerogative.’ Hosted by Ademola Adefolami and featuring Hauwa Nuhu Shafii, Sibongile Fisher and Frances Ogamba as panelists.


For the third and final panel discussion, we have ‘The impact of Religious Extermism in Nigeria.’ With Abdulbasit kassim and Jibrin Ibrahim, facilitated by Odinga Adiwu.


So if the panel discussion doesn’t get you, the booklogue definitely will. Ainehi Edoro will be in conversation with the Tope Folarin, the author of, ‘A particular type of Blackman’ to interrogate themes like exile, homelessness, racism, masculinity and family using the novel as an anchor.


At the screening, there will be a series of VFX and CGI-based short films created by a group of talented young men called ‘The Critics Company.’ Chiebuka Obumselu will help unpack their unique struggles in making films.


D’Bi Anitafrika; the globally-renowned Black dub poet and performance artist is committed to creating art that ritualizes recovery from violence.


Kabafest unleashes a culinary classics from the Kingdom of Morocco; an experience influenced by Arabic and Mediterranean cuisines.


Finally, we have a film screening titled ‘Sweet, Sweet, Codeine.’ that unpacks the menace of an opoid crisis and a devastating addiction to codeine cough syrup in Nigeria.

Courtesy: Kabafest2019


The African Union Commission and the International Committee of AFRIMA have announced that the 6th edition of the All Africa Music Awards themed ‘Feel Africa’ will be hosted in Lagos State, Nigeria in association with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria from November 20 to 23, 2019.

In partnership with the African Union, AFRIMA is a youth-focused music property that celebrates Africa, recognizes and rewards the work and talents of a myriad of African artists across generations.

‘Feel Africa’, is an initiative aimed at showcasing the African essence through its music and culture and inviting everyone to share in the experience of African unity, African passion, and African creativity. The theme takes inspiration from AFRIMA’s mission to change negative perspectives of Africa by promoting the cultural uniqueness of Africa as a means to counter issues hindering the unity, peaceful co-existence and economic growth of the continent.

Lagos State, rated as the largest music, entertainment and commercial hub in Western Africa and also renowned for its bubbly and hip lifestyle has hosted previous editions of AFRIMA from 2014 to 2017 with the support of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Nigeria. The support of the Government of Lagos State as AFRIMA Official Host City in 2016 and 2017 also fostered the smooth execution of the various AFRIMA events and facilitated the seamless engagement of corporate sponsorship/partnership at various facets of event planning and execution.

In her statement, Head of Culture, African Union Commission, Angela Martins says, “Nigeria playing host to the 6th AFRIMA is indicative of the beneficial relationship the country has developed with the AU & AFRIMA as we use this continental awards platform to strengthen Africa’s culture industries while also promoting the cultural identity and integration of Africans.

We are also appreciative of Lagos State Government for hosting 4 previous successful editions of the annual awards programs of events. We are confident that hosting AFRIMA in Lagos state, Nigeria will in no small measure constitute significant achievements for the promotion of African Union’s cultural objectives through the AFRIMA platform”.

Source: The Eagle Online
Photo credit: Africa Awards


Cultural Change Agent Tracy Ann Simmonds Releases The Vision Project Coloring Book To Celebrate Black Girls and Women According to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), only 29% of books about African/African American people were by Black authors/illustrators.

Tracy Ann Simmonds looks to add to those statistics with the release of her coloring book The Vision Project. She is the C.E.O. of Innovative Arts Photography, an enthusiastic Wedding, Portrait and Event Photographer in South Florida.

Her artistic background spreads the gamut from Professional Dance and Performing Arts Educator to Jewelry Designer and Painter while also authoring Miami Culture Maven, a cultural fashion and lifestyle blog highlighting talented people & organizations who are following their dreams.

The coloring pages are drawings of Black girls and women with mandalas included as well as African symbolism to activate pride in the culture of the African Diaspora.

The book’s goals include instilling self-esteem and self-efficacy in Black girls and women. “I believe an undoubtedly important aspect, with regards to healing women of color, is to provide vivid visuals by designing iconic images that embrace natural Afrocentric beauty,” state Tracy Ann.

Source: South Florida Carribbean News Photo credit: Same


Author Kinyanjui Kombani has dominated this year’s nominations for the Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature and the Wahome Mutahi Literary Award while Longhorn Publishers lead other houses with five titles.

Mr Kombani, who last year won the Code BURT Award for African Young Adult Literature for his book, Finding Colombia, has three titles nominated for the two awards organised by the Kenya Publishers Association (KPA) and sponsored by the Text Book Centre.

In a joint press release, KPA and Text Book Centre announced the merger of the two biennial awards and conversion to an annual event. Jomo Kenyatta prize for Literature is the oldest literary award in the country and has been won by some of Kenya’s literary greats like Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor, Meja Mwangi, David Mulwa and Henry ole Kulet.

“The Jomo Kenyatta Prize for Literature produces some of the best works, often used as set books in the country or as university study materials. It is planned that all genres will be covered in future awards to achieve balance and the right mix of creative expression,” Musyoki Muli, the KPA council member in charge of awards told the Nation on phone.

The Wahome Mutahi Prize for Literature honours exceptional works of art written by Kenyans and was established in 2006 to honour the pre-eminent Kenyan humourist and satirist Wahome Mutahi. It will now be a category within the TBC-JKPL awards.

Source: Business Daily Africa
Photo: Correspondent

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